The front side of the CITEC building.The workshop will be held at the CITEC Research Building  Interactive Intelligent Systems , which is located close to the main building of Bielefeld University . The construction of the  “Interactive Intelligent Systems“ research building was completed in Summer 2013.  The research building hosts 17 research groups from the disciplines of informatics, engineering, linguistics, psychology, and sports science.

Current map of the campus including University Main Building and the CITEC Building where the SAGA workshop takes place. The address is CITEC, Inspiration 1, 33615 Bielefeld. Local station of the Bielefeld Stadtbahn is Wellensiek/Line 4.

Research Building Interactive Intelligent Systems

Interdisciplinary research has been a hallmark of Bielefeld University from its very beginning – more than four decades ago. The idea to have all disciplines under one roof has worked out in terms of short communication pathways and a seamless scientific interaction between researchers who are rooted in different faculties. As a result of these processes, the CITEC initiative started with 15 research groups and – up to now – has brought together 37 groups that operate about 35 laboratories. To further optimize its infrastructure CITEC developed a detailed plan for a larger, dedicated research building that has been carefully tailored to the needs of CITEC’s long-term research agenda. The concept was submitted to a dedicated funding line provided by the German Federal Government and the Federal States. Acknowledging its exceptional quality, the concept was ranked first among 100 competitors by the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) and received funding of 32 million euros (text taken from Research Building Interactive Intelligent Systems (https://www.cit-ec.de/FBIIS)).

The  “Interactive Intelligent Systems“ research building is positioned as a central element of the new Campus North. This is a large area within walking distance of the university main building. The research building will provide 5,300m² of space including 1,300m² of laboratory space that is mainly organized around a central laboratory on the ground floor. This enables a new level of cooperation and interaction between research groups. Technology can be more easily transferred between specialized and integrated setups. Instrumentation can more effectively be shared (e.g. EEG laboratories, motion capture systems, sensor-actor rooms, etc.). The central laboratory will host a highly integrated instrumentation environment that allows us to simulate and to capture cognitive processes in high-resolution using virtual environments, capturing technology, and physical robotic platforms. A further special feature of the building is an integral residential apartment for experiments in domestic settings. It combines service robotics with ambient assistive living elements and provides a realistic environment for interaction studies with humans. The ‘Central Lab Facilities’ (CLF) were founded as a dedicated scientific unit that maintains and further develops this exceptional research infrastructure.

Bielefeld – modern city in the Teutoburg Forest

Bielefeld, the centre for science, is the economic and cultural capital of the East Westphalia economic area. The city of Bielefeld is one of the twenty largest cities in Germany, with a population of 325,000. This lively university city on the edge of the Teutoburg forest is the region’s cultural and intellectual hub. East Westphalia-Lippe is Germany’s fifth-biggest economic area and the region is home to two million people. You can find further information under: www.bielefeld.de (text taken from Modern City in the Teutoburg Forest (http://www.campus-bielefeld.de/en/city-of-bielefeld/)).


Bielefeld – and the University – how to get there?

By train:

Bielefeld is easy to reach (see below) both by car and by train: every hour an intercity train on the route from Cologne/Bonn to Berlin stops at Bielefeld Hbf. Then you take “Stadtbahnlinie 4” in the direction of “Lohmannshof” until the “Wellensiek” stop (7 minutes) which is right after the stop “Universität”.

By car:

By car, you can take the A2 from Dortmund to Hannover, exit at “Bielefeld-Zentrum”, follow the street signs towards the centre (“Zentrum”), and from there the University (“Universität”) is signposted (see town map).

By plane:

The nearest international airports are Hannover (110 km), Düsseldorf (190 km) and Frankfurt (320 km). In Düsseldorf and Frankfurt there are train stations in the airport, and Bielefeld can be reached from these and any other major town by trains running on an hourly schedule (Eurocity train system: marked EC, IC or ICE on the train schedule).

German Airports:

Next airports:
Paderborn/Lippstadt and Hannover

If you arrive by plane, we would recommend the following airports (the ordering reflects our preferences):

Düsseldorf (approx. 190 km from Bielefeld)

At Düsseldorf airport there is a Skytrain which takes you from the terminal to Düsseldorf Airport Rail Station in approx. 5 minutes, departing frequently between 3:45 and 0.45 hours. Depending on the type of train you catch (direct or with change in Hamm or Duisburg) the journey takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Frankfurt (approx. 320 km from Bielefeld)

There are intercity trains from Frankfurt airport  to Bielefeld (departure at least every hour with a change in Cologne or Hannover – journey time approx. 4 hours).

There is also the possibility of changing planes at Frankfurt and flying from there to Düsseldorf or Hannover. This is generally more expensive and does not necessarily save time.

Hannover (approx. 110 km from Bielefeld)

The suburban tram line S5 takes you from  Hannover airport  to Hannover train station (12 minutes).

Intercity trains from Hannover to Bielefeld leave every hour. The journey takes approx. 50-60 minutes (it is not necessary to change the train).

Köln-Bonn (approx. 200 km from Bielefeld)

There is an hourly intercity train connection from Köln-Bonn airport to Bielefeld, taking approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Dortmund (approx. 110 km from Bielefeld)

You can either take a free shuttle bus from Dortmund airport to Holzwickede, which takes about 5 minutes and from there a local train to Bielefeld, changing in Hamm (travel time approx. 1 hour) or you take a shuttle to Dortmund main station (25 minutes) and from there a direct train to Bielefeld (travel time is a bit less than 1 hour).


Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport is located very close to the country´s main road network. It is just a stone’s throw away from the A33 and A44 motorways you will find excellent road links making access easy and very convenient.